MORRISTOWN, NJ - October 23 has been declared  "New Jersey Theatre Alliance Day," said Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty.  To celebrate theatre programming, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance will host "Curtain Call" which will honor artistic directors for their "dedication and artistic vision."

The celebration, which is open to the public, will take place at the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown from 6 p.m. to  9 p.m. on October 23. The event includes a buffet, entertainment, a silent auction and a raffle.

Awards of Excellence will be given to all 33 artistic directors of the professional theatres of New Jersey, which includes Mark Hoebee of Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, Marni Raab and Steven Tabakin of Midtown Direct Rep in Maplewood, Mark Spina of The Theater Project in Maplewood, and Jim Vagias of American Theater Group in South Orange.

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“We are delighted to be recognizing our state’s artistic directors at this year's Curtain Call,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of New Jersey Theatre Alliance. “Through their talent and vision they are enriching the lives of their audiences with theatrical works and  programs that entertain, educate, challenge, and inspire. We are fortunate to have such a diverse professional theatre community in our state and we applaud the artistic directors for their wisdom and dedication.”

Atlantic Health System, winner of the Star Award, has partnered with the Alliance for several years on the Healing Arts: Caregivers’ Stories program, which works with professional and family caregivers to share their experiences in a creative way on stage with the help of professional writers, actors, and directors.

“Art can serve as a vehicle to express emotions and needs, which can help foster healing of the mind, body, and spirit,” said Maria Lupo, MFA, MA, ATR, manager of Atlantic Health System’s Healing Arts program. “We are pleased that the work we’re doing to build healthier communities, including our Healing Voices on Stage: Caregivers Stories program, is recognized by New Jersey Theater Alliance for the Program.”

Alliance member theatres are large, mid-sized, and small non-profit theatres that produce musicals, classics, contemporary dramas, new works, and/or children’s plays. Each is a fully functioning business that pays its staff and artists (designers, technicians, directors, and actors) while contributing substantially to the state’s economy. 

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Proceeds from the event will strengthen the Alliance’s role as a critical resource for the state’s arts community and advance its programs that benefit children, seniors, people with disabilities, and the theatre-going public. 

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